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According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, a whopping 80,000 people died from flu complications during the 2019 season. Melanie Allen’s son Hunter, 19, was one of them. The South Carolina mom is using his tragic story as a reminder to other parents — and people in general — to get their flu shot.
She explains that the teen, who “didn’t have time” to get a flu shot, came down with the flu in January and his condition rapidly deteriorated. He ultimately died from flu-related complications in March, after spending 56 days in the hospital.
“This is the most devastating thing that I’ve ever had to go through,” Melanie told local news stationWYFF 4. “As a parent losing your child is like somebody ripping your heart out. I don’t want parents to go through that.”
If you haven’t gotten your flu shot this season, you should run — not walk — to your local drug store, clinic or doctor’s office. Just weeks into the 2019 flu season, a handful of deaths have already been reported, and the number is sure to grow as temperatures drop.
Lisa Maragakis, MD, MPH, Senior Director of Infection Prevention at Johns Hopkins Health System and Associate Professor of Medicine for Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, recently toldPreventionthat the best time to get vaccinated is by the end of October, "so you get the shot before the flu starts circulating widely and gives your body time to react to the vaccine and build up immunity."
And seriously, no excuses. There are several places where you can get your flu shot for little to no cost, and you don't even have to make an appointment with your physician. They include your workplace, Walgreens or other drug store, urgent care facilities (with insurance), (with most insurance plans) and even local supermarkets.
Make sure to protect yourself as well as your family and get your flu shots ASAP — it could be a life-saver.
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